Copyediting and Proofreading Books

This hands-on course provides intensive training in the fundamentals of copyediting and proofreading books. Apply your advanced knowledge of spelling, grammar, usage, and punctuation to editing manuscripts. Learn to use standard copyediting symbols and terminology and to create an in-house style guide. Discuss how to suggest text changes without interfering with the author’s voice and style. Learn the copy editor’s role in standard book publishing production cycles, including communicating successfully with editors, authors, vendors, and compositors. Also, gain an understanding of the difference between copyediting and proofreading. This course may be used to fulfill the requirements of the Certificate in Professional Copyediting, Proofreading, and Fact-Checking.

This course is delivered in an online format that uses a combination of real-time, instructor-led (synchronous) video meetings and self-paced (asynchronous) learning within NYU’s online learning platform, and there are weekly deadlines for lesson and assignment completion.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Knowledge of standard copyediting symbols and terminology
  • An understanding of the difference between copyediting and proofreading
  • Techniques for suggesting editorial changes while still respecting the author’s voice and style
  • Knowledge of publication cycles, the various editorial roles, and the deadlines that comprise production schedules
  • The ability to develop and use in-house style sheets or guides

Ideal for

  • Professionals who are interested in entering the field of book copyediting
  • Copy editors who seek to hone their skills for book publishing

1 section

  • Spring 2024

    • Section

      001
    • Semester

      Spring 2024
    • Date

      Feb 14 - May 1
    • Day

      Wednesday
    • Time

      6:30PM-8:30PM
      • Online
    • Format

      Online
      • Online
    • Sessions

      6
    • Faculty

      Claire, Thomas
    • Location

      Instructor Led
    • Mar 27 – Mar 27
    • Wednesday
    • 6:30PM – 8:30PM
    • Instructor Led
    • Apr 10 – Apr 10
    • Wednesday
    • 6:30PM – 8:30PM
    • Instructor Led
    • Feb 28 – Feb 28
    • Wednesday
    • 6:30PM – 8:30PM
    • Instructor Led
    • Mar 13 – Mar 13
    • Wednesday
    • 6:30PM – 8:30PM
    • Instructor Led
    • Feb 14 – Feb 14
    • Wednesday
    • 6:30PM – 8:30PM
    • Instructor Led
    • Feb 14 – May 1
    • Self-Paced
    • May 1 – May 1
    • Wednesday
    • 6:30PM – 8:30PM
    • Instructor Led
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    • Section

      2
    • Semester

      Fall 2023
    • Date

      Sep 13 - Nov 30
    • Day

      Wednesday
    • Time

      6:30PM-8:30PM
      • Online
    • Format

      Online
      • Online
    • Sessions

      6
    • Faculty

      Claire, Thomas
    • Location

      Instructor Led
    Tuition $1099